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Before We Go: Odds and Ends on Mechanical Boy, George Strait, Future Blondes and More

It's about time for Rocks Off to head off to the bunkhouse for some much-needed R&R, but first here's a few final tidbits that have recently come to our attention.

Mechanical Boy just released its first video, "Swing Low and Carry Me Home" (above) and heads off on tour after its June 5 show at Fitzgerald's with Windsor Drive, Lake Charles' Magnolia Sons, the Testyclactics (ew), Better Luck and Spain Coloured Orange.

Richard Cagle & the Texas Voodoo Choir release new CD Texas Voodoo Blues tonight at Dan Electro's. LL Cooper and P.J. Flowers open around 9:30 p.m.

Hard to believe, but Grammy winner (finally!) George Strait hasn't played a full, non-rodeo concert in Houston since 2001. He'll rectify that August 8 at Reliant Stadium with Sugarland, Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday through Ticketmaster.

Cactus Music celebrates Mother's Day the only way it knows how: putting all its Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention stock on sale. Playing in-stores this weekend are Dustin Welch 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Slaid Cleaves 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Houston piano bluesman Earl Gilliam, who had been under the weather for a while, is back in playing shape, it appears. Gilliam plays the Big Easy tonight at 9:30.

Tonight is your really, really, really last chance to see Future Blondes - at least until Domokos gets back from New York - at the opening reception for No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston at the Contemporary Arts Museum.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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